March 5, 2023
10:30 a.m.



LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                                                     Sally Purvis, Liturgist

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find                              all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. 

Rumi 1207-1273

The Meadow                                                       Ireland

*OPENING READING                                     Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941

            The winds of grace are blowing, but it is you who must raise your sails.

Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness                                                           286


Let us prepare ourselves for the word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.  Our hearts and minds are open.

                                    Genesis 12:1-5a and John 3:1-17

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us.  Thanks be to God!

* SONG                                                     
In love you summon                                           John L. Bell                  

Short Cuts?                                                Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                                                                                            
Anselm c.1033-1109

Jesus, like a mother, you gather us to you.  With a mother’s gentleness, you weep for our sins, cry for our arrogance, lead us out of hatred, deliver us from judging, comfort our sorrow, heal our wounds, and feed us pure milk.  You are our mother, Lord.  You gather us under your wings.  You died for us and give us life.  Restore our souls.  Remake us in your peace.                             

JLM (Jesus Loves Me)                                           Phillips


The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world.
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.


Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar. You are invited to write your prayer requests on the sheets provided in the bulletin and bring them forward and place them in the basket on the altar. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you. 

Andante Cantabile                                        Mozart

            * Time of Dedication
Eric James

            There is never an act of faith without risk.                       

* PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION       Take, O take me as I am    Iona Community                                                              



Communion Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever.  Amen.

            Blessing the Bread and Cup                  

            Sharing the Meal    

                 Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving                                               John Hammon

Child of Bethlehem —
         house of bread;
         Man of Jerusalem —
         city of peace;
         you have loved us
         without condition;
         in our greatness and in our misery,
         in our folly and in our virtue;
         may your hand be always upon us
         and may your heart be within us
         so that we too
         may become bread and peace
         for one another.  Amen.

*  HYMN                                      
I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry                            351

* BENEDICTION                                                                                                                           

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE   (please form a circle)                     Rosemary Crow

            Weave, weave, weave us together;            
Weave, weave, weave us together,
            Weave us together in unity and love.         
Weave us together, together in love.                                                                                           

Agincourt Hymn                                             Dunstable


This is a Communion Sunday.  Please know that everyone is welcome to participate in communion.  Young people are invited to participate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them.  The Communion Offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

This morning communion will be offered by intinction.  This involves coming forward, taking a piece of bread and dipping it in the cup and eating it.  There are also individual cups available, and the prepackaged communion servings.  Please do what feels most comfortable for you. 

UCC General Minister and President a former member of LUCC

This past week, the search committee for the next General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ announced the candidate to be elected at the General Synod this summer.  It is the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson.  Many years ago, Karen lived in St. Pete and was a member of LUCC.  Congratulations to Karen and to the UCC!

New College Demonstration Many thanks to Bill Parsons, Dyanne Edds, Emily Bell, and Kim Wells for being part of the demonstration at New College on Tuesday.  New College was founded in 1960 by the United Church of Christ.

Circle of Concern

Samantha Wassmer and Family  –  The Family and Loved Ones of Beulah Coughenour  –  Tony and Jim Larson  –  Erik Johnson  –  George and Jane Diven and Family  –  Katherine Conover  –  Sherry Santana  –  Ann Quinn is under Hospice care  –  Maggie Brizendine  –  Janet Hall
Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712
727-867-7961     lakewooducc@gmail.com     lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church

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